Last season, prints were the major menswear talking point. From high street to high fashion, everyone had print in some form or another in their collection. This explosion was unusual within the world of menswear, as it often takes a season or two for a trend to trickle down from catwalk to sidewalk. Notwithstanding tradition, prints of all calibres wasted little time in cementing themselves in our closets and personal style.

With us now well and truly into fall, and having successfully survived the seasonal cull, it’s not presumptuous to suggest that prints are rightly set make a lasting impression on our winter wardrobes. Today’s focus is on taking those printed shirts, which were last season’s big selling point, and making them autumn/winter wearable for the months ahead.

How to Wear: Printed Shirts in AW12
AW12 Printed Shirt Lookbook

Men's AW12 Printed Shirt Lookbook

Look One

Olive is shaping up to be a key colour of the season. Jumping on it in the form of a printed shirt is a great way to incorporate two on-point elements in one. Black cords bring a tactile element to the outfit while the worker boots and denim jacket add a grounded aesthetic with a raw, masculine edge.

If the weather is veering on deep winter rather than early fall, incorporate a cable knit jumper or scarf to bolster your layers and ensure warmth. You could also look to individualise the outfit further by tucking the trousers into some boot socks and have them peeking out above the boot.

  • River Island Shirt With Country PrintRiver Island Shirt With Country Print
  • Allsaints Bloomsbury Denim JacketAllsaints Bloomsbury Denim Jacket
  • A.p.c. Slim-fit Corduroy TrousersA.p.c. Slim-fit Corduroy Trousers
  • Topman Silt BootsTopman Silt Boots
Look Two

When married with a suit, a printed shirt is a great way to stand out in a smart-casual setting; especially when you throw in a successful autumn/winter sock and loafer combination.

Up the temperature with a cardigan matched to the colour of your socks and complemented to the shirt. In this case burgundy (another big colour for the season) is perfect, as it a great stand-alone tone but works exceptionally well with the navy in the shirt and the backdrop of the grey suit.

  • Allsaints Tokai ShirtAllsaints Tokai Shirt
  • Gucci Ribbed-knit Silk Cardigan 133429Gucci Ribbed-knit Silk Cardigan 133429
  • Reiss Whitestone B Textured Notch Lapel Blazer GreyReiss Whitestone B Textured Notch Lapel Blazer Grey
  • Reiss Next Prev Whitestone T Textured Mixed Trouser GreyReiss Next Prev Whitestone T Textured Mixed Trouser Grey
  • Falke Airport Merino Wool-blend SocksFalke Airport Merino Wool-blend Socks
  • John Lobb Truro Leather Tassel LoafersJohn Lobb Truro Leather Tassel Loafers
Look Three

As well as being a potent smart-casual weapon, the printed shirt is also a great off-duty statement piece. The tribal trend has been prevalent for a few seasons and, as ever, a bold colour works well with slim fitting washed jeans.

Finish off with a pair of minimal leather trainers and add a gilet for an extra layer.

  • Universal Works Claret Ikat Cotton ShirtUniversal Works Claret Ikat Cotton Shirt
  • Moncler Cheval Gilet 134735Moncler Cheval Gilet 134735
  • Denim & Supply Rl Redhill Wash Slim JeansDenim & Supply Rl Redhill Wash Slim Jeans
  • Nike Blazer Premium Leather – Size? ExclusiveNike Blazer Premium Leather - Size? Exclusive
Look Four

A favoured print of late, polka dots add just enough whimsy without being ridiculous. Paired with the timeless combination of a camel trench coat and navy chinos, the shirt is allowed to stand out but is subdued enough to be worn with easy confidence.

Taupe boots pair well with the navy and are a good height if one wanted to add a few turn ups to show a glimpse of sock.

  • Asos Chambray Shirt With Polka DotAsos Chambray Shirt With Polka Dot
  • Burberry London Cotton-gabardine Trench CoatBurberry London Cotton-gabardine Trench Coat
  • Reiss Exmouth Garment Dye Clean Chino NavyReiss Exmouth Garment Dye Clean Chino Navy
  • Allsaints Farrell Buckle BootAllsaints Farrell Buckle Boot
Look Five

An all over monochrome printed shirt contrasted against a deep oxblood biker jacket creates a great top half that expresses individuality while remaining almost effortlessly cool.

Black cotton trousers support the oxblood well, anchoring the rich burgundy and letting it stand out. The grey suede brogues offer something a little different and add a slightly refined edge to the ensemble; black Chelsea boots would also be a great alternative.

  • Jil Sander Net-print Slim-fit Cotton-blend ShirtJil Sander Net-print Slim-fit Cotton-blend Shirt
  • Allsaints Callerton Biker JacketAllsaints Callerton Biker Jacket
  • Acne Roc Twill Trousers 132506Acne Roc Twill Trousers 132506
  • Asos Suede Brogues With Micro SoleAsos Suede Brogues With Micro Sole
Men’s Printed Shirts
  • Uniforms For The Dedicated The Seducer Blue Snowflake ShirtUniforms For The Dedicated The Seducer Blue Snowflake Shirt
  • Topman Green Badge Print ShirtTopman Green Badge Print Shirt
  • Allsaints Tokai ShirtAllsaints Tokai Shirt
  • Our Legacy Success Star-print Cotton ShirtOur Legacy Success Star-print Cotton Shirt
  • Our Legacy Indigo Ethnic Print 1950s ShirtOur Legacy Indigo Ethnic Print 1950s Shirt
  • New Look Navy Ikat Aztec Print Long Sleeve ShirtNew Look Navy Ikat Aztec Print Long Sleeve Shirt
  • Allsaints Minami ShirtAllsaints Minami Shirt
  • Allsaints Eulogy ShirtAllsaints Eulogy Shirt
  • Kenzo Contrast Collar Medallion-print Shirt 141792Kenzo Contrast Collar Medallion-print Shirt 141792
  • Carhartt Borg Nordic Flannel ShirtCarhartt Borg Nordic Flannel Shirt
  • Floral Patch Long Sleeved ShirtFloral Patch Long Sleeved Shirt
  • Pattern Knit Denim ShirtPattern Knit Denim Shirt
  • Anerkjendt Mens Atos ShirtAnerkjendt Mens Atos Shirt
  • Ymc Shirt With Paisley PatternYmc Shirt With Paisley Pattern
  • Topman Blue Wallpaper ShirtTopman Blue Wallpaper Shirt
Final Word

As summer departs and winter arrives we men are often guilty of retreating to dark monochromes in a subconscious attempt at pathetic fallacy. This notion has slowly been chipped away at over the last couple of years with colour seeping further and further into autumn/winter collections. Now print is making a move to establish itself as a perennial option, whenever the season, whatever the weather, whoever the man.

But now it is time for you to have your say…

  • Are you a fan of printed shirts in general?
  • Would you rather they be kept to spring/summer?
  • Or will you be using them to brighten up your wardrobe this autumn/winter?
  • If so, how will you be styling yours?

Let us know in the comments below…